Definition of fandom in English:



  • 1mass noun The state or condition of being a fan of someone or something.

    ‘my 17 years of sports fandom’
    ‘an extensive questionnaire determined levels of Harry Potter fandom on a scale of one to five’
    • ‘It's not an act of fandom, but of selfishness and laziness.’
    • ‘This passionate proximity combined with a tragic distance is the core of fandom.’
    • ‘Fandom by 1972 had exploded into an international phenomenon with conventions and assorted gatherings taking place all over our planet.’
    • ‘The film is foremost a portrait of fandom, not stardom.’
    • ‘The series also satirized Japanese fandom, in particular the figure of the geeky "fanboy," or otaku.’
    • ‘Most stories of Kurosawa fandom begin the same way: with a bootlegged copy of one his films from the mid to late Nineties.’
    • ‘"I'm honored by your fandom," said Pakula.’
    • ‘Only problem was, upon viewing these so-called camp classics the first time through, I was neither impressed nor moved to fandom.’
    • ‘Andrew Horn's documentary keeps just the right chilled distance from its evanescent subject matter and pays due reverence to Klaus without falling into titillation or fandom.’
    1. 1.1count noun The fans of a particular person, team, fictional series, etc. regarded collectively as a community or subculture.
      ‘the Breaking Bad fandom’
      ‘of course, every fandom has its extreme members’
      • ‘I think an eye and ear for those fandoms were what made Marvel great, long ago.’
      • ‘Not all but most fandoms are dominated quite heavily by women when it comes to writing.’
      • ‘X-Men has a strong fandom.’
      • ‘It fostered a vigorous but conservatively minded fandom, which still flourishes and holds many conventions, large and small.’
      • ‘Nothing against HP and LotR fans, we're just bound to be different because of the nature of our fandoms.’
      • ‘Large "fandoms" erupt around popular anime series, widely read books like Harry Potter and Lord of the Rings, and cult movies like The Matrix.’
      • ‘Most of the people who talk intelligently about fandom are speaking from years of experience in multiple fandoms.’
      • ‘When you claim to be writing "fanfic" in such-and-such a fandom, you are assumed to be using that fandom to its fullest extent.’
      • ‘While the writers in my fandom are definitely interested in craft matters, almost all of them are much more picky about the feedback I give them than my mentees are.’
      • ‘The franchiseis struggling to reconnect with a fandom pledging allegiance to Florida Gators football and split among in-state NFL clubs Tampa Bay and Miami as well as the Jaguars.’
      • ‘I consider "Harry Potter", "Lord of the Rings", and "Pirates of the Caribbean" to be the three biggest fandoms.’


Late 19th century: from fan + -dom.